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Finding the Best Approach to a Budget Calendar

Investigating the pros and cons of a fiscal year.

Last Reviewed: August 30, 2021
Finding the Best Approach to a Budget Calendar
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The question regarding whether a church ought to operate on a traditional calendar budget year (running from January 1 to December 31) or a fiscal one (such as August 1 to July 31) is financial insider talk for most congregants.

Most churchgoers don't ever roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with the nitty-gritty details of the budgeting process, so the manner in which a church's accounting office runs its budget year is unlikely to affect the congregation's service attendance in any perceptible way.

But for those who care about the financial operation of the church, the decision of how to handle the church budget year is vitally important.

Two key considerations

When determining their budget years, churches must weigh the merits of two considerations, says Dan Busby, president emeritus of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Those two factors ...

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  • March 17, 2016
  • Last Reviewed: August 30, 2021

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